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Listed under:  Language  >  Language modes  >  Creating texts  >  Literary devices  >  Figures of speech  >  Allusions
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'Father', 2007

This is a short animated film made in 2007 about a boy trying to understand his father, a post-World War II refugee from Lithuania. His father is mainly silent and difficult to understand when he does speak. He is a heavy drinker who leaves the family when the narrator is 15. The animation begins and ends with an expression ...

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'Harvie Krumpet'

These are three clips from a short animation film telling the story of a Polish immigrant who suffers a series of calamities but is always able to respond to these events with optimism. The first clip shows that his family house has burnt down and his parents have frozen to death, after which he migrates to Australia on ...

Video

'The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant', 2004

These clips are from the television miniseries 'Mary Bryant' depicting the story of Mary Bryant, a convict who was transported to Botany Bay from where she, her husband and other convicts escaped in a boat. The first clip shows Mary's journey on the First Fleet to Botany Bay. The second clip shows the colony starving. Mary ...

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'Mary and Max', 2009

These two clips come from the Australian claymation feature film 'Mary and Max' about the friendship between two different but lonely people. Max and Mary become penpals and live across two continents, Mary in Australia and Max in New York. The first clip focuses on the misfortune that meets Max when his airconditioner ...

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'Washington, DC Government charwoman', 1942

This is a famous black-and-white anti-discrimination photograph, also widely known as 'American Gothic, Washington, DC'. It shows Mrs Ella Watson, an African American cleaner at the Treasury in Washington, USA. She is standing stiffly in front of the US flag, with a broom on one side and a mop on the other. The photograph ...

Interactive Resource

Inanimate Alice episode 2: Italy

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 2, Alice is separated from her parents while they are on a skiing holiday in Italy.

Interactive Resource

Inanimate Alice episode 3: Russia

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 3, Alice and her parents are living in Russia; Alice hides in her cupboard while her parents argue with some angry strangers in the next room.

Interactive Resource

Inanimate Alice episode 4: hometown

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 4, Alice finds herself trapped on top of a building when a staircase collapses.

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Stuxnet: a new way to wage war

The Stuxnet virus emerged as the world's first true 'cyber weapon'. Explore how this clip's creators have manipulated language and other elements to present their evaluation of this new direction in warfare.

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'Julius Caesar': justifying murder

Brutus is in a dilemma! His friend Julius Caesar is about to be crowned Emperor of Rome. However, Brutus is concerned that Caesar will become a tyrant, and he wants to do what is best for Rome. Join interviewer James Evans and actors John Bell and Hazem Shammas from Bell Shakespeare as they explore the language of this ...

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'Julius Caesar': the adder and the ladder

Shakespeare's tragedies provide his audiences with moral dilemmas. Julius Caesar is no exception. In this soliloquy, Brutus ponders whether assassinating Julius Caesar would be in the best interests of Rome. Shakespeare's use of metaphor provides the key to understanding Brutus' motivation, convincingly brought to life ...

Interactive resource

Sea rescue: plotting the course

Help a rescue crew to reach a sinking boat. Make a chart to guide the crew. Check the meaning of symbols, place them on a map and complete a key. Mark danger spots such as an oyster bed and submerged rock. Use the map to steer a safe course.

Teacher resource

Heroic Indigenous endeavours - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how TLF materials were used to encourage students to analyse and think critically about racism in different contexts. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

Teacher resource

Poets paint words - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how Australian paintings can be used to inspire students to write poetry as well as to develop their skills in visual literacy and oral and aural semiotic systems. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

Teacher resource

Twentieth-century representations of women - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how the teaching of visual literacy took place within a unit exploring the representation of women in magazines across the twentieth century. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

Teacher resource

The me generation - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how a focus on advertising, using examples from the present and the past, can deepen student understanding of identity, the influence of the media, body image and new technologies. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Romeo + Juliet, 1996: Capulets and Montagues

This clip shows the prologue to 'Romeo + Juliet', director Baz Luhrmann's interpretation of Shakespeare's play. Luhrmann uses the prologue to locate the action in the contemporary fictional city of Verona Beach, USA, and to introduce the feuding families - the Montagues and Capulets. A television news broadcaster, reading ...

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Romeo + Juliet, 1996: A dangerous solution

This clip shows a suicidal Juliet meeting with her priest and confidante Father Laurence, who tells her his plan to prevent her marriage to Paris. Juliet is distraught because her lover Romeo has been exiled, and she turns her gun on the priest. He dissuades her, takes the gun, and persuades her to feign her own death by ...

Collection

Visual literacy - reading images

This collection contains 25 digital curriculum resources for visual analysis. They cover a range of periods and themes and are arranged in six sections: iconic images, photographs, cartoons, advertisements, posters, and paintings. These items provide opportunities to explore the codes and conventions of visual semiotics ...

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Gender in advertising

This collection of 13 digital curriculum resources, including video clips and images, comprises Australian advertisements spanning 40 years from 1925 to 1966. In the advertisements for a range of predominantly domestic products, men and women are portrayed as taking on specific and distinctive roles that appear to be defined ...